RE: FW: Property [was Re: The Education Function]

Michael Scarazzo (
Thu, 17 Dec 1998 12:53:01 -0800 (PST)

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> It seems to me that anarcho-capitalism deals primarily with healthy,
> rational, capable individuals with acquisitive tendencies. I'm
concerned at
> how the unhealthy, non-materialistic, and emotional (i.e.,
> will fare under this system.

Anarcho-Capitalism deals with fostering an environment of non-coercion that will allow individuals to trade their abilities and their services in exchange for those services and products they need or want. Many people who are unhealthy and emotional are likely to have family and friends upon whom they can depend. Those who do not will be able to find more charity in a society based on non-coercion (i.e no taxation). The charity will often come from businesses, and businesses that are not at the whim of a few people who control the flow of money from the top of an oligarchy, are more likely to be growing. Hence, they will be looking to fill the ranks of their business needs and more willing to spend money on training and education.

> Anarcho-capitalists also seem overly confident that these alternatives
> structures will work, which seems to mirror to an unsettling degree
the sort
> of confidence that early socialist thinkers had in their models.

Early socialists also assumed that given the option for an ordered, collective society, individuals would voluntarily submit to the demands of the group. In addition, they believed that goodness and kindness was an intrinsic property of humanity. Anarcho-capitalism does not make that assumption. Rather it seeks to allow individuals to regulate other individuals through free trade of goods, of services, and of information.

> If anarcho-capitalism really is based upon spontaneous order, we
should expect
> the solutions to non-governance to be as unpredictable and
remarkable as the
> patterns we see in natural systems.

There are dynamics to any complex system. The beauty of the anarcho-capitalist model is its flexibility that allows the participants to correct the system. The choices are made by individuals who can cooperate and/or compete.

> Or maybe they just don't see the status quo as a failure in the
sense that
> you do? If an anarcho-capitalist society were really that much
better, I
> think you'd have no trouble winning over the masses. The best way
to speed
> the death of the state would be to set up a fabulously successful
> anarcho-capitalist region as a model for the rest of the world.

How about North America?

> We've gone around this track several times already. While I'm
> that some people don't want to pay for what I'm doing, there are
others that
> appreciate what I'm doing. Overall there is not sufficient
motivation to
> quit my job just yet. If you want things to move more quickly, vote
> libertarian representatives and encourage others to do the same.

The "others" who appreciate what you're doing will surely pay for your services in a free market, and I will only have to pay for what I need and want. We're working on it.

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